Today I set up a studio and played with some random items to see if I liked the results. I looked at the angles that I wanted to take the photo from.
These are my favorite coffee mugs – they hold a great Americano .. not today though 🙂 I purposefully choose an odd number of cups, a mixture colours, which I presented in a colourful wheel of colours. I then changed the angle of the shot to see what I liked best.
I love the vibrant colours against the neutral background, but I prefer the first shot when you can not see my coffee stain inside … there is more space around them and the focus is more towards the middle, the shallow depth of field works too – I think!
Next I took a photo of an ornament … I don’t own many as I hate to dust them… but I was given this one as a 40th birthday gift and I changed different elements with each photo – all taken with my 50mm fixed lens.
My first shot and a baseline for future shots – this was lit by window light and a white LED light to make the shadow more defined.
I moved the figure closer to the lens so that I could increase the amount of background that was unfocussed. I think the softer background works well and the colours compliment the shot.
The first two photos were portrait … this one is in landscape … so we have more surrounding the photo, but I don’t feel it is as sharp. I like the details in the shadow though.
My last photo a different angle, and although it is uncomfortable to look at the direction of the floor boards work well with the image which proves it is a great idea to change how you look at the image you are trying to create.